Bangalore, Oct 16: Former India fast bowler Dodda Ganesh has taken charge as the coach of Goa team for the current Ranji Trophy season.
When Thatscricket contacted Ganesh, the former speedster confirmed the news. The 39-year-old from Bangalore, has already reached Goa and is overseeing a training camp ahead of the new Ranji Trophy season beginning next month.
"Yes, I have been appointed as Goa coach for this season (2012-13). We have already started preparations and currently having a camp," Ganesh told Thatscricket by phone from Goa on Tuesday.
Ganesh revealed that this offer came from Goa Cricket Association last week and he accepted it.
"I was contacted last week with this offer and I accepted it. I have started working with the boys from Monday," he stated.
Ganesh had previously coached Goa and was instrumental in taking the team to Ranji Trophy Plate division semi-finals. He was at the helm from 2006 to 2009.
On asked about the challengers ahead and about Goa team, he said: "Since I had previously coached the team I know the players very well. When I took charge of the team in 2006, many youngsters were finding their feet. Now, they have established themselves and we have a balanced side."
At the moment, 20 players are part of the preparatory camp. Goa's first game is against Jammu and Kashmir at home from November 9.
Ganesh, who announced is retirement from first-class cricket in 2007, played four Tests and a solitary One Day International.